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Affect or effect?

When deciding whether to use affect or effect in your writing, consider whether you need a noun or verb in your sentence. Effect is a most commonly used as a noun (a person, place, or thing) and describes the result of something; for example, "the effect of the holiday was widespread good cheer". Affect is a verb, and most often means ‘to influence’. For example, ‘the delicious aromas affected his appetite: he was suddenly ravenously hungry’.

For more information, please see the definitions of affect and effect.

Theresa Bell
Writing centre coordinator